Part of succeeding in school is learning how to take advantage of the tools around you. One of your best resources is your instructor.
Your instructor is there not only to teach you the course’s material and act as an expert on the subject, but also to provoke your thoughts and understand you as an individual. However, it’s in your hands to establish a relationship with your instructor.
Building a relationship with your instructor can help you with:
1. Class participation
Even if you’re not one who often participates in class, talking to your instructor after class to discuss some of the class material or for a deeper explanation as to something you’re confused about can show you’re putting effort into the class. It will also show your instructor what you’re learning about in class is important to you, which will not only reflect on your performance in the class, but also how your instructor views your work ethics.
If you build a closer relationship with your instructor, it will help when they are trying to understand your thinking on assignments. They may feel more comfortable approaching you with questions, and you will definitely benefit in the same way. Just like any other person, a instructor will understand you better the more you reach out to them.
3. Job networking
Becoming close with your instructors also allows for some connections through employers. Most instructors have a pretty extensive resume that showcases what they have done in their former careers. In fact, they may have already been down the path you are looking to take and have some resources to assist you in finding the right job.
If your instructor knows what you are seeking in a future career, and you share with them what you are looking for, they’d be more than glad to share with you any information regarding a company or a person they recommend you speak with.
4. Getting comfortable in class
Getting to know a instructor also bridges the gap between being afraid to speak your mind in class. When you have a connection with your instructor, it makes sharing your opinion, asking a question or commenting in class much easier. This also shows the instructor you are eager to engage in class, and understanding a topic comes so much easier when you are comfortable with those around you.
Building a rapport with a instructor can greatly assist you in these four ways, as well as help you earn a higher grade. What experiences have you had with instructors that have improved your academic goals or career life? Share with us by commenting below.